The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences continues to evolve as patient needs and health care system demands reveal new directions and opportunities. Dean Dr. Kelly Dries, ’03, ’14, and Associate Dean Dr. Kathy Van Eerden, ’14, offered a glimpse into the latest news.

FAREWELL ADN

A program that Chancellor Emerita Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., still calls the "apple of her eye" is now in its sunset phase, with its final students set to graduate in May 2016. Offered for the first time in 1980 when then-named Cardinal Stritch College forged into the field of nursing, the Associate of Science in Nursing provided a stepping stone for generations of nurses. A recent Institute of Medicine report recommends bachelor’s degrees for nurses with the hopes that 80 percent will have bachelor’s degrees by 2020. Stritch will focus on its traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing as a pre-licensure program and its Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN program for registered nurses.

FIRST RESPIRATORY THERAPY COHORT TO GRADUATE IN 2016

Stritch continues to be a leader in health sciences with the successful launch of a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion online program in 2014. With the third cohort of students from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa starting in fall 2015, Stritch retains 100 percent of the market share of respiratory therapy baccalaureate students in Wisconsin. The inaugural group of students is set to graduate in May 2016.

INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION

A unique course enables respiratory therapy students to share the online classroom with nursing students. The College designed the Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals course to assist students in exploring collaboration in the health care environment to learn to interact successfully with professionals across disciplines.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS

The College continues to expand its programs to accommodate working nurses and local health partners with on-site bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, West Allis and Hartford, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Hospital in Milwaukee host Stritch nursing programs.